This has been commercially released as "The Grateful Dead Movie..."
disc 1 ------ Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo Me And My Uncle Friend Of The Devil Beat It On Down The Line It Must Have Been The Roses El Paso Loose Lucy Black Throated Wind Scarlet Begonias To Lay Me Down Mama Tried
disc 2 ------ Eyes Of The World China Doll Big River
Set Two: Uncle John's Band Big Railroad Blues The Race Is On Tomorrow Is Forever Mexicali Blues Dire Wolf
disc 3 ------ Sugar Magnolia He's Gone Truckin' Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) Jam Drums Truckin' Black Peter Sunshine Daydream
encores: One More Saturday Night 4:53 U.S. Blues
This topic generates large amounts of message traffic on Deadlists. Briefly, the "Wall of Sound" was a fundamentally different type of sound system where each musician adjusted the levels of their own instruments. Owsley Stanley (Bear) claims that there can be no soundboard recordings because there wasn't a soundboard.
During these "retirement" concerts there were apparently many recordings made, some of which were released as "Steal Your Face". There is a rumor that this recording is a copy of a rough mix cassette made for SYF provided to the taping community by Jerry Wexler's son or nephew (or something like that), along with 10.18.74 and 10.20.74.
These shows came from the Frank's Picks tree, round 4
October 13, 2016 Subject:
Penultimate show of farewell run. Almost half of Steal Your Face used this show, as does a majority of tracks on the Movie Soundtrack box. It's not the best show of the run (that would be the 17th) but it has a few highly regarded highlights. The shows were notoriously hot (as in a San Fran heatwave) which might be why the playing was better in August and September.
First Set. Average to above average through Beat it on Down-13½ (is it 13? 14?) and into El Paso (at the time they played it every night, but at least Jer knew where to grab ahold). Donna is in her element on Scarlet and the end jam signals a change in the set leading into what is one of the band's most-remarked Eyes. This may be the quintessential example of the '74 (or even pre-hiatus) Eyes. The whole thing just cruises. It appears in full on So Many Roads but the version on Movie edits out the first solo and the second verse/chorus (2:20 - 5:20), and then edits part of the jam (12:05-14:25)! China Doll is out of tune (as it was on SYF) though Big River ain't half bad.
Second Set. Big Railroad has Jer doing the rare train-whistle chords. The Race is On is one of only nine in '74 and Tomorrow is the ONLY one of '74 (and the last ever) - clearly a concession to Donna's potentially last-ever pick. I like this Mexicali. It's uptempo and just unique enough - with Jer wrapping riffs around and colliding into Bobby and Keith. Dire Wolf is slow and a little funky but He's Gone is just clunky. Truckin' doesn't take, devolving instead to a Caution (ish) jam. Then comes one of the rare pre-hiatus Drums>Space (with Billy staying on). The Truckin' that comes back is almost never this perfect. Black Peter is likewise tight and has the year's best Peter-jam. The hot U.S. Blues is the version used for SYF.
1st Set: C 2nd Set: B-
Overall = 3½ Stars (3 stars plus half just for the Eyes)
Eyes of the World - considered one of the classic versions
Truckin'>Black Peter - played for life, best of '74s
U.S. Blues - familiar version from SYF
SOURCES: There's a miller but the finney.228 has a better image. The problem is it's pitched too fast and variably. It mostly needs -2% speed correction but Mama Tried (and possibly others) need -3%. Boswell-smith.11634 on the other hand (like most sources from this run) is pitched too slow! Use the finney if you repitch, or use the miller. Parts appear on 3 albums (Steal Your Face, So Many Roads, Movie Soundtrack).